COVID-19 has been proven to be capable of living on surfaces such as cardboard for 24 hours, but up to two or three days on plastic and stainless steel. So first and foremost, cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces is a step we should all take. Everybody's home is different so only you know where the most commonly touched areas would be but here are some of our suggestions…
- Table surfaces
- Hard dining chairs (seat, back, and arms)
- Kitchen counters
- Bathroom counters
- Faucets and faucet knobs
- Toilets (seat and handle)
- Light switches
- TV remote controls
- Game controllers
Store shelves are bare in a lot of places, especially in the cleaning section, but there are still plenty of options. You can always use soap and warm water but the CDC also has a recommended recipe for a homemade cleaning solution using household bleach.
- 4 teaspoons household bleach
- 1 quart water
- Pour both into one quart spray bottle, shake vigorously
- Spray on surface to disinfect, let sit for 10 minutes, wipe away with wet cloth. (With bleach, remember to wear gloves, open your windows, and be careful)
Washing your clothing with regular laundry soap and drying it at a slightly higher temperature than you might have otherwise is all you have to do to disinfect your clothes.
Clean and disinfect your hamper and any other place your dirty laundry comes in contact with and wash your hands thoroughly after handling dirty laundry. The CDC recommends using a liner in your hamper. Also, don't forget to clean your coat and backpack. Wiping the inside off with a disinfectant wipe will be sufficient.
According to the USPS, mail and packages are relatively low-risk for transmitting the novel coronavirus, and packages from China pose no special risk compared to packages from anywhere else. But as we mentioned before, researchers have found that it can live on cardboard for around 24 hours, so quickly disinfecting any packages and mail you receive will help you ensure extra safety.
Our phones and tablets may be the most used thing we have during this quarantine so keeping them disinfected and clean at all times is vital. A simple wipe will be enough to kill any germs that have spread to your device. The same goes for any equipment you are using if you are one of the many who are now working from home. Things like laptops, desktop computers, an office whiteboard and stationery are all essentials for working from home and will help to boost productivity from home – but again they will be used regularly so ensure you disinfect them often.
Of course, above all, the best thing to do is stay home and stay safe!